Boxing club counts cost of $10,000 vandal strike to bus
GLADSTONE Amateur Boxing Club is livid after its bus was vandalised and left unavailable for use.
About $10,000 damage was caused to the bus.
The attack follows a spate of recent break-ins at the club. Coach Mick Daly couldn't believe people could be so heartless.
He said the bus was not left outside usually but a charity event at the club's Moura Cres complex on March 22 meant vandals had easy access.
"We had the ladies' day (on March 22), giving proceeds to a lady with cancer, and some darling comes and does this," Mr Daly said.
"It is just a kick in the guts when we are doing something good for the community."
Every panel of the bus was scratched, the back window smashed and part of a $2500 stereo was taken.
The bus cannot be used. The back door has to be replaced as the locks have been damaged.
Mr Daly was angry his club, a non-for-profit sport group, would need to spend money on insurance excess, money which could easily go towards further development.
"Hopefully insurance covers it all and we can get it fixed up," he said.
"The spotlights, stereo and signage may not be covered."
Police are investigating the incident and have lifted a fingerprint off the bus.
Because so many boxers use the bus though, Mr Daly was not confident.
He hopes someone in the community knows of the
incident and would come forwards to shed light on who may have caused the damage.
"I don't hold out too much hope. I have sent the word out with the boxing kids," Mr Daly said.
"It is just disappointing. It is a $40,000 bus and we saved and saved and had a raffle to make enough to buy it in the first place."